2005 Toyota Matrix XRS Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 6M)
I think it has great get up and go. The handling is very nice. The design inside and out is also great. It looks and feels very sporty. Perfect for a modern mom and cool enough for my husband to commute to work in. It handles hills & mountainous roads very well (and very fun). I have a baby and a toddler and the car seats fit fine (even with my husband in the front seat... he's 6'5".) Our full size stroller fits great in the back cargo area with room to spare... NO COMPLAINTS!
Stick shift is FUN. Gas economy is wonderful...my pocket book LOVES it.
I wish the air conditioner would work faster in this summer heat (especially with kids in the car).